Photo Memories Organisation.

'NOSTALGIC NEWSLETTER'                 Dec. 2016 Issue 5
Ward Philipson Photographic Archive Project - Images of North East Heritage 1770 -1980's.
'It’s fantastic and gives a diverse insight into how
the North East worked, played and lived. I for one
have never seen another site like it,
please keep up the good work.'    
B.H. Sunderland
WOW! Time does go quickly. It is over 6 months since we sent out our previous newsletter and we now have over 11,000 images on the web has been a very busy and difficult year due to volunteers being ill and the interest in the images being more popular than ever. The presentation team has visited over 80 groups throughout the North East covering Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire and Cumbria. The fantastic comments have been very much appreciated and definately motivate us to keep the project fully alive. Our vistors to the web site have reached new levels with supporters from all over the world. Again the comments encourage us to continue the never ending project. The NEW images which we have discovered in the collection are fascinating with many having facts and stories which just amaze us. We try and share these facts, memories and comments on the web site and feature in our new talks and presentations. A big 'Thank You' to all contributors who have added the information to the individual photographic images on the web site.
Our volunteers have now scanned approx 50,000 images and restored around 12,000 to share on the web site. Now we have reached over 11,000 images on the site, and the administration has become another challenge. We do need more volunteers to help with all aspects of the project - scanning, researching, tagging, social media administration and general support. If you can help by working a few hours a week at home on your own computer please contact us.  Your involvement would be appreciated.
We hope you enjoy visiting the web site and the new images relating to many subjects from all over the North East including:- industry, aerial views, adverts, hospitals, public houses, people, transport, coins, shops, sports and of course the many nostalgic and historic views and places.
We will be changing a few things in 2017 as it is now obvious that the current structure and number of volunteers will never manage to complete the saving and restoration of the complete photographic collection. We are looking to offload 1000's of negatives to collectors as we have a vast collection of negatives which could interest an organisation, group or private collector. If you collect photographic negatives of any subject, from any date up to 1980's please contact us - see later article for more details.
Yes, we will continue to visit our supporter groups with talks and presentations, even though our Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) has ended, We could not have acheived the current level of the project without the help of HLF to which we give a BIG thank you! The presentation team are fully booked through to September 2017 with their NEW talks and are now taking bookings for 2018. There are not many dates left so don't wait too long to arrange a date for your group.
'I have now had a chance to spend an afternoon looking through your amazing archive. We have had a great response to the Byker Photo you kindly supplied, and I understand that several of our visitors have been drawn to your site from the several links we placed to it. With such a well documented social history, one could easily spend weeks getting lost in the nostalgia of it all.'.....

One of our main aims of the project was to save and share the Ward Philipson Photographic Collection. It is with great pride when we receive many e mails with comments similar to the above. The 'unusual' images create a lot of interest and make us aware that we need to save almost ALL of the photographic images. It is easy to get excited about the fascinating views of the many historic and cultural images of the area but we find the interest in an 'ordinary' view of an office, machine or activity is just as exciting. We hope you find them fascinating as well.
Ward Philipson Group were commissioned by many companies and organisations throughout the North East to photographically record buildings, production techniques, people at work, product development and events. These images were used to advertise products, promote processes and record their history. Many images were thought to have been lost forever when the companies and organisations closed. Fortunately many of the original negatives have been discovered in our collection and can now be saved and shared. There are too many to feature on our web site, in fact there are 1000's, but you may know people or organisations who would like to help or even acquire some of our collection. Some of the images can be viewed by visiting - industry - at:

Companies include: N.E.I. Electronics, Barratts, Black & Decker, John T.  Bell, Vaux, AAF, Scottish & Newcastle, Swan Hunter, Tyne Tees Television, British Ropes, Co op, Steetleys, Horners .... and many many more.

Please contact us if you would like more information. -
We now have over 600 aerial view images on our site. The quality of the images is fantastic. Many, we believe, were taken in the 1950's. How did Ward Philipson photographers obtain such excellent quality and are not blurred? We understand that Philipson's acquired high quality surveillance cameras from the RAF after the war and utilised them to take photographs all over the North of England. The results are amazing and can be viewed by visiting 'aerial' tag on the collections page. We hope you enjoy the flight and the views. 
Can you help?
If you can identify some of the aerial views or give us more details, please add your comments to the web site.

Would your group or Organisation like to view some of the NEW images discovered and hear the stories which accompany them?
We have new Talks and Presentations but we are fully booked till September 2017......
hat a year!  Our Presentation Team have been very busy visiting groups and organisations throughout the North of England, some for the fourth and fifth time! The comments we receive by letter and e mail are really appreciated, as they keep us motivated to continue this exciting project. We already have a number of bookings for 2018 and would advise you to contact us soon if your group or organisation would like a visit in 2018. The available dates are filling up very quickly!
We will bring you up to date on the project while sharing a large number of the recently found images and the stories which accompany them. 
Please contact John or Sheila at,
or e mail or telephone 07718498788.
It's Christmas time! Do you know where this was? Plenty of poultry ready for the table. If you have any facts, memories or suggestions please let us know.
E mail: or visit:

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
         from all at Photo Memories.

AND don't forget to visit Santa at the Newcastle upon Tyne Co-op Christmas Toy Fair and Nursery Rhymes Grotto. Were you there in 1950?
'Nostalgic Views of the North' Book 3
Third Collection - features views of the North from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, created by the artistic talents of engravers and photographers. It highlights cities, towns and villages throughout the region. Our latest Book 3 is proving to be even more popular than the first two books and will very soon be another collectors item. Make sure you have your copy.
The book includes images from Allendale, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Berwick upon Tweed, Blaydon, Brinkburn, Byland Abbey, Bywell Bay, Chillingham, Chollerford, County Durham, Cragside, Cullercoats, Durham City, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Harton, Harton Statithes, Haydon Bridge, Hendon, Hexham, Holy Island, Jesmond, Lambton Castle, Lindisfarne, Marsden, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, Northumberland, Otterburn,Port Clarence, Raby Castle, Rievaulx, Seaburn, South Shields, St. Hilda's, St. Mary's Island, Stockton on Tees, Sunderland, Tynemouth,Wallsend, Warkworth, Wearmouth, Whitburn, Whitley Bay ....
And People at Work and Play.
You can now get a copy of either book (or both) on a C.D. 'FlipBook' which you can view on your computer.They are priced at £9.95 each or £17.95 for both. Post and Packing is FREE. See details below for order or contact details.
'Nostalgic Views of the North'
Books 1 and 2 now available as
'FlipBooks' on C.D.s for your computer.

The printed books are out of print and are  now collectors items. Complete your collection with these NEW C.D.s for computer.
Turn the pages, just like a book!
SAVE £5……. SAVE £5……….SAVE £5

LIMITED EDITION Signed copies of BOOK 3 are now available at a special discounted price of
(post and packing FREE). 
To order your copy send a cheque payable to: 'Photo Memories Organisation'
c/o Sheila Moreels,
7, Coventry Road, Durham. DH1 5XD
or contact us directly by
e mail -
or Tel: 0191 386 7297.

Do you use social media?......
We need help with Facebook and Twitter !.....

Could you be a volunteer and add items to our Facebook and Twitter pages? We really are struggling to find the time to share some of our images with our friends. We also need more volunteer researchers to work at home and add facts and information to the images. Any help would be appreciated. If you can help please contact us. Thank you.

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